How to decide if a press is on the level.docx - Publisher\u2019s vetting process OR It might be a vanity press if\u2026 If their website doesn\u2019t try to sell

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Publisher’s vetting processORIt might be a vanity press if…If their website doesn’t try to sell books on the first page……or the second page…or any page…If their website is aimed at authors instead of readers…If the website has an “Author Testimonials” page…If they claim to be a traditional publisher…If they claim they AREN’T a vanity press…If they claim to be different from other publishers…If they say they’re giving you the chance you’ve been denied…If their mission statement includes phrases like “discover unknown authors”…If they are a literary agency (or anything else) AND a publisher…If they are an “affiliate” of a lot of places…If their services have a price tag…If they sent you an unsolicited email…If you got to their website by clicking on a link in an e-mail…If they claim to have published more than 100 books a year…If they claim to have “over XXXXauthors!”…If your grammar and spelling are better than their website’s…
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If you can Google their name + scam or complaints and get morethan one page of results…If you Google their name by itself and get results that include Writer Beware on the first page…If you go to Absolute Write forums and they already have a forum dedicated to them…** If they have a thread at Absolute Writer forums, read it. This isa good sign that they ARE a vanity press, but it isn’t universal.These signs should be enough to tell you that you’re dealing with a vanity press before you even talk to them. Sometimes, though, they hit all the right notes, and seem on the level.If that is the case, use the more detailed methods below.How to decide if a press is on the level:(Short and sweet version that can be followed fast and simply) If you see “run” then run; do NOT go with them. If you get 3 marks, do not go with them.
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